Thesis User Test 2 – Arm Controlled Spatial Panner for Four Speakers

With two vive trackers and four speakers, one or two users can control the placement of audio across an “azimuth.”

Demo:

here’s some footage of people’s first experience with the system. after experimenting to figure out how it works, people start playing around.

https://vimeo.com/330636141

System:

Vive > TouchDesigner Open VR node > TD processing & calibration > OSC to Ableton > 2 Ableton Groups > Envelop.

Music: Do it Anyway – Locked Groove (broken into 4 stems, using NI stems + audacity)

Reactions:

  • It made people aware of their own body and movement, and they liked that.
  • Movement was rewarded with the interaction
  • The interaction was limited, it would be cooler to effect more of the sound
  • Two trackers per person could be the way to go.

Next Steps:

  • hand height controls filter
  • create additional ‘gesture that sends a one shot through a ‘multi delay’
  • keep working on different tracks to find the right music
  • figure out why I can’t get clean ‘elevation’ readings from the tracker
  • move ableton to the same computer

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